Trump to add sanctions against North Korea

24 September, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • US President Donald Trump has opened the door wider to blacklisting anyone doing business with North Korea

Kim lashed out after Mr Trump stunned the world on Tuesday when he used his maiden UN General Assembly speech to warn the North that Washington would "totally destroy" it if the USA or its allies were attacked.

A new term has reappeared in the daily lexicon thanks to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after he called President Donald Trump a "dotard". The council has told member countries to ban most activity overseas by North Korea's banks in response to its nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, warned on Thursday that Kim could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific.

Ri Yong Ho told reporters in NY that Pyongyang's response "could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific", according to South Korean media.

President Donald Trump added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea on Thursday, authorizing stiffer new sanctions in response to the Koreans' nuclear weapons advances. He went on to call Trump "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire". The North Korean state-run media previously called South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye, a "crafty prostitute" and famously referred to former U.S. President Barack Obama as "monkey".

Earlier Friday, Kim issued a rare statement calling Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats to destroy North Korea.

Politicians, commentators and ordinary citizens worldwide were concerned that Trump's presidency would destabilise the world - the only thing they really argued about was whether he'd ignite tensions in the Middle or Far East first.

The sanctions ban 90 percent of North Korean exports and were approved by Russian Federation and China, who had previously maintained closer ties to North Korea. Without explicitly naming Trump or Kim, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to news agency Reuters, "We have to calm down the hot heads". In recent weeks, the administration's lack of direction has been all too apparent, as Trump and other top officials have vacillated between bellicose talk of possible military action and, at one point, even praise for Kim for a brief lull in missile tests.

Kim stated that he would not abandon Pyongyang's nuclear tests, and threatened to make Trump "pay dearly" for his speech.

His executive order expanded the Treasury Department's ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the USA financial system.

He characterized Trump's speech to the world body on Tuesday as "mentally deranged behavior".

Trump has unleashed many strong statements on North Korea including his August warning the North will be met with "fire and fury". Last week, China announced that its central banks would stop doing business with the country. He suggests a deal in which the North would agree to halt missile flights over Japan or South Korea and the USA would agree to stop its strategic bomber training flights within a certain distance of the North Korean border.

As the prospect of war with North Korea loomed, the world collectively wondered: What's a dotard? It didn't end there, with Mr Trump responding in kind yesterday.


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